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'Da Boys don't live here no more
'Da Boys don't live here no more

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Challenge: Architecture V (Basic Editing)
Collection: 2009
Camera: Canon EOS-350D Rebel XT
Lens: Tamron AF 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di LD Aspherical IF for Canon
Location: Irving, Texas
Date: Jun 9, 2009
Aperture: F6.3
ISO: 400
Shutter: 1/800
Galleries: Sports, Architecture
Date Uploaded: Jun 9, 2009

The new home of the Dallas Cowboys opened this past weekend. This is the old one.

I had a hard time deciding between the color an b/w versions of this. They are very different. The b/w focuses my eye on shapes and details, while the color version has a warm orange glow from sunrise as the star. I find they lead my eye very differently from each other.

Waffled until the last 15 minutes and then settled on the color version. Here's the B/W:

No clue at all how this will fare in voting, but I like it. It comes off to me with a bit of same the look as an artist's conception painting.

Post-challenge notes:

Looking at the voting breakdown, it's interesting to see how only a modest imbalance of opinions can make a difference between doing well in a challenge and doing poorly.

Here's another shot from the same session that I could not use in the challenge because I replaced a bland sky and did some other selective editing.

Place: 114 out of 153
Avg (all users): 4.7525
Avg (commenters): 6.0000
Avg (participants): 4.6071
Avg (non-participants): 4.8082
Views since voting: 651
Views during voting: 288
Votes: 202
Comments: 5
Favorites: 0

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06/18/2009 04:30:41 PM
Ya win some and ya lose some, huh? I feel your pain on the 4.xx. I've had too many of those lately.
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 Comments Made During the Challenge
06/14/2009 09:36:31 PM
aw. tear. But their new home is terrific too. Good one.
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06/14/2009 09:27:53 PM
Nicely lit. I froze my rear end off there a couple Thanksgiving's ago -- I think it even snowed (?).

ETA: Okay, I've thought about it some more. I think backing off and giving us more of the large scale form and structure and less of the nostalgic detail would have helped. As I said in my PM, the title doesn't help to that end. The side lighting is good, but not from this angle. Almost half the frame (left side) is in the shadows really. The colors you did capture, however, are beautiful. The blue sky against the gold is most appealing.

And it did snow that year!
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06/11/2009 03:31:04 PM
A different take on the challenge from a processing standpoint. Most of the shots posted in the challenge are high contrast with very sharp lines and overexaggerated processing and sharpness. This shot seems more pastel in approach, with soft colors (the light blues and pinks and oranges) to give this warmth, the light touching the facade in gentle ways. I think this is where your entry gets forgotten in a challenge filled with eye candy and bold lines. Here, the lines are present and visible, how the slope of the roofline puls the eyes around the corner and how the supports and trees almost seem intertwined, but the lines seem less important than other items.

I wonder if b/w would have made this more scoring friendly - but I would imagine it would not feel the same. And after taking the time to view the image, i really really like the feel - a little melancholy and a little nostalgic. Cheers!
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06/11/2009 01:42:27 AM
Just be glad T.O. don't live there anymore either! Nice fitting in the frame.
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